Clubfitter Digest 2016 PGA Show Preview Edition
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Volume 3
Issue Number 1

Pre PGA Show January 2016

In This Issue...

  1. PGA Show Schedule, Specials and News
  2. GolfMDs, ICG Best Member List, and Awards
  3. Web and Forum Highlights

1. PGA Show Schedule, Specials and News

  1.  PGA Show.  Well be at Range #5 at the Demo Day on Tuesday, January 26th, and in Room W209B Wednesday through Friday. Missed 2015s PGA Show fun last year? Heres some video highlights of last years Show

Participating Sponsors (Range #5 & W209B) and PGA Show Specials:

  1. APS is offering a free year of ICG membership ($150 value) to anyone purchasing their shaft profiling machine.  Price is $899 (Auditor must be supplied by purchaser) plus shipping.  See the APS in action with inventor Roy Kaltz and ICG Hall of Fame member Jerry Hoefling, Sr. here.
  2. Take advantage of an amazing Veylix ICG special with Jennifer Gard and J.C. Beeson at both the Demo Day and in W209B;
  3. Provoto, LLC is offering 40% off their amazing amazing putting greens - made by Amish craftsman - that have perfect roll great for clubfitting, teaching, and training;
  4. Balance Certified will be introducing some new Power Transfer Inserts and Accurizers for players with faster swing speeds.  They have an extra expansion mechanism for more stability under the grip.  They are also introducing a Demo Day Incentive Program for Balance Certified Dealers.  Dealers can earn $50 in product credit for every demo day they perform.  Come by our Tent and Room W209B for the details;
  5. Long time ICG Sponsor Billy Bobs Golf will be exhibiting with us for the first time at the Show.  Check out their diverse line of shaft tip adapters and ferrules, including their Titleist adapters;
  6. Tour Edge/Exotics Golf will have an exclusive special for their European clients.  Stop by W209B to learn more.
  7. MRC Golf will be at the Demo Day and in Meeting Room 304A.  Theyll be introducing TENSEI technology, putting the strength of Kevlar in your hands;
  8. Accra Golf is offering Dymatch 2.0 (any SKU) for $35;
  9. International Clubmakers Guild.  Annual member dues are increasing this month to $150, but we are offering a super value laden deal during the PGA Show.  New members and non-certified members will be able to extend their membership another year, take both certification exams (during calendar year 2016), and apply for our new ICG Best Member List (more on this later) for $295 (package value is $700).  Certified members will get one year membership extension, one certification exam, and application for ICG Best Member List for $195 (package value ranges from $300 to $500 depending on your certification level). Purchase links will soon be available on your member landing page.   This ICG PGA Show Special expires on February, 2016.

News and offers from other ICG Sponsors:

  1. Arm-lock Golf Putter Grips...the answer to the anchoring ban!  Will be at Booth # 3105 with a Show Special Offer!;
  2. Bettinardi Golf will be presenting at the PGA Show in Orlando this year at booth #3501. Please stop by the booth to meet both Bob and Sam Bettinardi, see the latest product offering from Bettinardi Golf, in addition learn how to use the latest trend in putters made famous by Matt Kuchar, the arm lock putter!
  3. Aerotech will be exhibiting at Booth #1609 and will be at the Demo Day on Tee #6 between Callaway and Ping.  They will also be introducing Volant, their new new light weight iron shafts;
  4. Visit SeeMore Putter Company at Booth #707 for new product, programs and SeeMore Putter Institute (SPi) Certification - 4 Demo/Fitting Putting package;
  5. Pros Choice/Graphite Design will be at the Demo Day on Tee Box #1 and in the Equipment Test Center Area and located in ETC #3.  They will have the new Tour AD GP wood shafts as well as our other popular shaft models in most of the new Driver and Fairway heads for demonstration.  Bill invites all ICG members to stop by his booth;
  6. Authenticlub is a NFC-based Android Platform that allows clubfitters and users to simply tap their android mobile device on a golf club to read detailed club specifications and customers contact details.For ICG members, Authenticlub has a special starter kit pricing for them.  Their Golf Fitter ICG PGASHOW 2016 Special is a $999 Starter package, which includes license subscription ($600) for 1 year with $300 renewal, up to 2 email login acccounts, unlimited cloud server use, and 200 NFC golf tags (purchase 200 more for $500) ;
  7. Global Golf Sales offers ICG members the low grip pricing and next day shipping starting at $11.25, and 2nd day shipping starting at $5.25. 


Thanks to ICG member Alvaro Perez on his incredible brochure design. 

Kudos to those ICG members who have volunteered their time to help make the ICG presence at the Show a success:  

  1. Donald Stadnika;
  2. Bill Marshall;
  3. Greg Courtnay;
  4. Jim McCleery;
  5. John Dranshak;
  6. Jeff Shuster;
  7. Roy Kaltz;
  8. Ray Tomaszewski;
  9. Ed Weber;
  10. Don Irving;
  11. Jacques Intriere;
  12. Doug Mael;
  13. Andrew Avann;
  14. Jacques Lemoyne;
  15. Donald Stadnika;
  16. Cleve Porter;
  17. Paul Ferrone;
  18. Ross Beebe
  19. Jerry Howard.

Ground efforts by our volunteers will be coordinated by Ray Tomaszewski, Jerry Howard, and Jacques Intriere.  Look for emails covering your roles soon.  There's still time for other members to volunteer here.

ICG members Bill Marshall and Jerry Howard are organizing an ICG Florida Chapter.  Florida members will be notified via email of the initial chapter formation meeting/lunch at the Show.

The ICG is excited to announce that we are the exclusive clubmaking/clubfitting partner of .  GolfMDs is building the golf improvement search engine for golfers looking to improve their golf games by partnering with top teaching professionals, trainers, health professionals, and now the ICG.  They'll be looking for expert content from our qualified members.  We've just sent them a list of our sponsors and certified members.  ICG members who qualify for the list will have their own frree GolfMDs page with news, web site link, videos (has to be sent to GolfMDs to be posted).  GolfMDs also offers our qualified members a premium membership for $350/year.  Premium membership benefits include online appointment bookings (including collecting fitting fees ahead of the appointment), as well as annual on site professional production of 2 minutes of video.  Below is a screen shot example of what will be available to our qualified members.



The ICG will be debuting our IGC Member Best List at the Show as a way to promote our more active members.  The application for the list will be very similar to our COY online application.  So points will be earned for sales, brands carried, Certifications, recognition such as being on the Golf Digest list, volunteer efforts for the guild, teaching credentials and so on. $150 to submit an application.  Funds collected will be directly used for marketing dollars to promote our best list.  If an applicant does not make the list, he can reapply the following year at no charge.  Successful applicants will have to reapply and pay each following year.  Again, this is a program designed to raise awareness of the ICG with the golf media and to to market our most active members and to help increase their business.  


2. ICG COY and HOF Awards.

Congratulations to our 2016 Clubmakers of the Year:

  1. Jacques Intriere -  2016 ICG Wide World  Clubmaker of the Year;
  2. Miki Rapado - 2016 ICG European Clubmaker of the Year;
  3. Greg Courtnay - 2016 ICG North American Clubmaker of the Year;
  4. Don Irving - 2016 ICG Canadian Clubmaker of the Year;
  5. Peter Doyle - 2016 ICG Ireland Clubmaker of the Year;
  6. Jacques LeMoyne - 2016 ICG Eastern US Clubmaker of the Year;
  7. John Dranschak - 2016 ICG Midwest US Clubmaker of the Year.

Click on the members names to access their web sites.  ICG members can view COY videos under the members only section.

COY awards will be presented at 5 PM on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016, in our Meeting Room along with the following Hall of Fame 2016 Class Inductees:

1) Gawain Robertson (Accra) for innovative designs and providing clubfitters/clubmaker exclusive products for over 10 years;

2) Chip Brewer for being the first CEO to sell heads (ProTech accounts) to clubmakers when he was at Adams, and continuing to support clubmakers(by selling Proponents) when he moved to Callaway;

3) Mr. Miura from Miura Golf for developing clubmaker exclusives and selling heads to clubmakers;

4) Mike Stachura for promoting clubfitting to the golfing public via his numerous articles citing clubmakers/clubfitters and for the development of the biannual Golf Digest Best 100 Clubfitter List.

3. Web and Forum Highlights

ICG 2015 Worldwide COY Eric Ng and ICG member Atiq Adris were interviewed The Golf Channel (Thailand).  Watch the in depth interviews here covering their enhancements to their fitting process.

Our Swap Shop forums have been very active lately with great offerings as our members prepare for the upcoming season.  Enjoy significant savings while upgrading your own shop.

Look for our ICG PGA Show Report Clubfitter Digest in about 5 weeks.

JOIN NOW- If youve learned anything at all about us in the last couple years - we're not your Grandfathers clubmaking/fitting organization.  Join us, you wont be disappointed!


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